Ceremonies in the Sacred Valley
A CEREMONY EXPERIENCE WITH YOU IN MIND
After years of working with larger groups at other centers, we began focusing on a more personalized and intimate ceremony experience. In this context we can take the time to assess the needs to the individual(s) and create a program tailored to suit. This allows us to offer one ceremony or a package of three to five over time, with the options of additional remedies, such as plant baths or vomitivos if required. Ceremonies are held in the comfort of our home with the option for guests to stay on ceremony nights, or we can arrange private accommodation and transportation.
IS THIS STYLE OF CEREMONY RIGHT FOR ME?
It is important to understand ayahuasca is not right for everyone, nor is the intensity of the Shipibo style of ceremony. The tradition of Amazonian medicine is vast and there are many ways that ceremony is practiced throughout South America. Our goal is to provide you with enough information about our philosophy and approach, so that you can make a clear and informed decision.
WHY ARE YOU COMING AND WHAT IS YOUR INTENTION?
Ayahuasca is a sacred medicine and should be approached with respect and humility. In that spirit, it is important to ask yourself what is calling you to work with the medicine. Physical illness, emotional/mental well-being and/or connection to the world of plants are all excellent reasons for reaching out. We have found that guests simply looking to have an ‘experience’ or ‘try ayahuasca’ rarely receive anything from sitting. If the intention is not well reasoned, the medicine will often respond with the same lack of lucidity. Coming with a clear intention as to what you are looking to receive, is like telling a teacher what you are looking to learn. It provides the teacher with a starting point and gives you a point of reference for the metaphors ayahuasca will weave.
MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL READINESS
The safety of our guests is of paramount at Body of Prana, we therefore require all guests to fill out a thorough questionnaire regarding their physical, psychological and pharmaceutical history. Through this screening we ascertain if ayahuasca is appropriate at this time. In certain cases of more complex trauma we may recommend you begin with other remedies and come to ceremony to receive icaros (healing songs) without drinking or drinking very little to begin with. If more detail is needed to make a final decision, a screening call may be required.
CEREMONY BASED IN THE SHIPIBO TRADITION
As ayahuasca spreads around the world there are many people offering ceremony from traditional lineages to neo-shamanic styles incorporating other traditions and practices. We work strictly in the Shipibo tradition, honoring the lineage and ceremony practices handed down by our maestros. In the Shipibo tradition the healers are known as onanya, which translates to “one who knows." This tradition requires that those serving medicine have apprenticed for many years and have been given permission by their teacher after careful evaluation their work. For more information about the medicine of the Shipibo people please click here.
TENANTS OF THE SHIPIBO SYSTEM
In addition to ayahuasca, three main healing tools are utilized during ceremony by the onanya:
Bewá (Icaros) - The Shipibo explain that their language is one that has come directly via their connection with the plants, and IS a language of the plants. Bewá are healing songs, channeling a specific type of medicine that the onanya has learned through their lineage, or directly through isolation diets from the plants themselves. The songs call to the spirit and world of the plants, which may bestow healing, align mind and/or emotions, teach or open up one to their path in life. Many onanya will continue to isolate and fast during their entire lives to increase their repertoire of healing bewá. During a ceremony the onanya will sit in front of you, sing to diagnose and then sing bewá specifically for your healing.
Róme (Tobacco) - Róme is one of the most powerful healing medicines and is used ceremonially throughout the Americas. This type of pure tobacco known by the Latin name Nicotiana rustica, has up to nine times more nicotine that common tobacco. Róme is a powerful conduit between the patient and the world of spirit. The onanya uses róme to feed the plant spirits and charge prayers which are often blown into the patient through the crown, hands or whole body. Róme is also used to protect the ceremonial space, patients and onanya themselves and thus is a necessary part of the ceremony. Often patients can have a strong reaction to the smell, yet this is often a sign that the róme is cleaning energies from the body.
Rao Initi (Pusanga) -
The program is broken into five modules taught within the month.
Students are given the opportunity to assist classes starting the second week of the training.
ANNAMAYA KOSHA MODULE - PHYSICAL BODY
• Opening Ceremony
• Asana Fundamentals
• Alignment Principles
• Eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
• Yogic Kriyas
• Anatomy and Physiology
PRANAMAYA KOSHA MODULE - ENERGY BODY, PRANA, BREATH
• Subtle Anatomy
• Creating and Maintaining Sacred Space
• Chanting, Mantras and Japa
• Yoga Sutras
• Introduction to Sanskrit pronunciation
MANOMAYA KOSHA MODULE - MIND, THOUGHTS, EMOTIONS AND THE FIVE SENSES
• The Art of Adjusting and Assisting
• Sequencing Principles
• Business Aspects of Teaching and Yoga
VIJNAMAYA KOSHA MODULE - KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, INTUITION, PERCEPTION
• Teaching beginners, multi levels, dealing with injuries
• Ethics for Yoga Teachers, student teacher relationship
• Prenatal Yoga Guidelines
• Yin and Restorative Yoga Introduction
ANANDAMAYA KOSHA MODULE - BLISS, JOY, LOVE
• Practice Teaching: feedback, analysis, exam
• Slow Movement/Closed Eyes Exploration
• Graduation & celebration
COST PER MODULE (TRAINING FEE ONLY ACCOMMODATION TO BE ARRANGED ON YOUR OWN)
$460 + tax per module ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 28TH
$500 + tax per module ON OR BEFORE APRIL 30TH
$540 + tax per module AFTER MAY 1ST
ALL FIVE MODULE MUST BE COMPLETE TO GRADUATE WITH A 200 HOUR YTT CERTIFICATION
At the end of training students will be evaluated on their teaching skills with a final examination and teaching evaluation. Students must have also completed a minimum of twenty hours of independent study and reading. The mark given will be either “pass” or “more training required”.At the end of training students will be evaluated on their teaching skills with a final examination and teaching evaluation. Students must have also completed a minimum of twenty hours of independent study and reading. The mark given will be either “pass” or “more training required”. This could mean that a student may need to retest at a future date to receive an updated passing grade. Upon successful completion students will receive a graduation certificate as evidence of your training at the 200 hour level and may register with Yoga Alliance at that time as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 level. This could mean that a student may need to retest at a future date to receive an updated passing grade. Upon successful completion students will receive a graduation certificate as evidence of your training at the 200 hour level and may register with Yoga Alliance at that time as a Registered Yoga Teacher.
To register and receive an application package for the training please click the link below, or for any amounts not listed owing or for deposits under special circumstances please contact us to arrange a bank email transfer.